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30 July 2002, 11:50 am
Five Boats Still at Sea and No Retirements
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Sydney to Gold Coast Race

In one of the very rare occasions in the 17-year history of the Sydney to Gold Coast Race, there have been no retirements from the 386 nautical mile race, despite the light conditions experienced in the first two days.

Just five boats are still at sea with all expected in by tomorrow morning, well ahead of the late week finish that was predicted before the fresh southeasterly breeze moved up the racetrack.

While there have been no retirements from 60 starters, a decision against Australian Skandia Wild Thing (Grant Wharington) by a Protest Committee this afternoon has disqualified the Melbourne maxi, giving Sean Langman's Grundig the line honours trophy.

Some boats have still been experiencing problems entering the Gold Coast Broadwater this afternoon, with waves still breaking over the bar. This morning the wave rider buoy registered four-meter waves before the tide turned, allowing the eight boats waiting offshore to enter the seaway.

The provisional handicap results based on this afternoon's 4.00pm sked haven't altered the IMS placings, Terry Mullens' Sting leading Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin and George Snow's Brindabella, which also moved into third place on line honours following the disqualification of Australian Skandia Wild Thing.

IRC results also haven't changed since the last position report, Hollywood Boulevard (Ray Roberts) leading Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin and Terry Mullens' Sting.

Both IMS and IRC results are unlikely to change however PHS results may alter. At this stage, Robert Green's X-Citation has reclaimed first place on PHS overall results ahead of another X yacht, Nick Delaine's Delight and Randal Wilson's Bright Morning Star.

The trophy presentation for the Sydney to Gold Coast Race will be held at Southport Yacht Club tomorrow, Wednesday July 31 at 1.30pm.

Lisa Ratcliff/News Editor
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